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WATCH: Tampa Bay Rays’ Randy Arozarena gives Cardinals fan personalized bat as throwback gift in heartwarming exchange

Baseball is more than a bunch of guys playing in baseball diamonds. And Randy Arozarena is proof of that. In an ongoing series between the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals, Arozarena’s heartwarming gesture has taken the internet by storm.

The Rays are second in their division. The reason? They are in the same division as the New York Yankees. It’s not that the Rays don’t play baseball well, but the Yankees are having a stellar season. And given the dominance of the Yankees, it will be difficult for the Rays to qualify for the playoffs.

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Going back to Randy Arozarena, in addition to being a top outfielder, the Rays star is also a great human being. During a recent game against the Cardinals at Tropicana Field, Arozarena presented a personalized bat to a young Cardinals fan.

Randy Arozarena shines against his former team

Randy Arozarena is going through an exceptional phase in his career. After making his MLB debut for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2019, Arozarena joined the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020. Since then, he has been playing for the AL East team.

October 10, 2021; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Randy Arozarena (56) hits a game-tying brace against the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning of Game 3 of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Although he plays for the Rays, Arozarena still has a soft corner for his former team and his fans. During an ongoing series, a young Cardinals fan gave him a personalized baseball as a kind gesture. The baseball was really special for Arozarena, because it had a picture of him on it.

The Rays star liked it so much he decided to gift his personalized bat and a signed baseball to the young kid. The video of the same goes around the net. And why not? It was a nice exchange between a fan and a player.

“I told him how much I liked it” Arozarena said after the Rays’ 11-3 victory over the Cardinals, “and so in exchange I gave him a signed bat and another signed ball for it.”

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Tampa Bay Rays clinch series against Cardinals

The Tampa Bay Rays won the three-game series following an 11-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. However, the Rays still have a long way to go if they want to qualify for the playoffs.

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On behalf of the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, the Rays have strong competition in the AL East. Currently, the Rays are having a decent season, with 33 wins over 56 matches. But the Yankees are far ahead of them. They have won 40 games in the same number of games the Rays have played.

Only time will tell which team will qualify for the 2022 MLB Playoffs.